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Balchem Corporation Reports Net Earnings of $14.0 Million with Adjusted EBITDA of $36.6 Million for Third Quarter 2016

NEW HAMPTON, N.Y., Nov. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Balchem Corporation (NASDAQ:BCPC) today reported for the third quarter net earnings of $14.0 million, compared to net earnings of $14.0 million for the third quarter 2015. Adjusted EBITDA(a) was $36.6 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $35.7 million for the third quarter 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net earnings were $40.0 million with record adjusted EBITDA of $111.6 million, compared to net earnings and adjusted EBITDA of $44.1 million and $106.7 million, respectively, in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was strong, increasing in the third quarter 2016 to 26.4% from 25.5% in the prior year quarter, and this was a significant contributor to these results in a challenging marketplace.

Third Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights:

  • Net sales of $138.5 million, a decrease of 1.2% compared to the third quarter of 2015, with sales growth in three of our four segments, aided by the addition of Albion, offset by continued lower oil & gas sales and lower average selling prices.
  • Quarterly adjusted EBITDA(a) of $36.6 million increased $0.9 million or 2.6% from the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin(a) improved to 26.4% versus 25.5% in the third quarter 2015 principally due to improved product mix and lower raw material costs.
  • Quarterly adjusted net earnings(a) of $19.5 million increased $0.1 million from the prior year, while third quarter adjusted earnings per share(a) of $0.61 was flat with the prior year.
  • Record third quarter free cash flow(a) was $19.8 million compared to $16.2 million for the third quarter 2015.
  • Principal payments made, including accelerated payments, of $25.8 million on long-term debt and the revolving loan.

Recent Highlights:

  • A strategic alliance was formed with Perdue AgriBusiness, which will focus on advancing the science of precision feeding for dairy cattle and bringing new products to the dairy industry. The initial efforts will be in the area of ruminant amino acids nutrition and will evolve into creating precision feeding solutions for other nutrients such as minerals, lipids and carbohydrates. 

Ted Harris, CEO and President of Balchem said, “While we continue to face top line challenges, particularly in the oil and gas business within Industrial Products, our team was able to deliver both solid earnings and record third quarter free cash flow for the quarter. Our strong cash flow continues to provide us with the flexibility to further deleverage our balance sheet while maintaining the ability to invest strategically in our business.”  

Results for Period Ended September 30, 2016 (unaudited)
($000 Omitted Except for Net Earnings per Share)
 
For the Three Months Ended September 30,
   
  2016  2015 
 Unaudited
Net sales$138,509 $140,128 
Gross margin 44,656  43,174 
Operating expenses 21,710  20,252 
Earnings from operations 22,946  22,922 
Other expense 2,175  1,733 
Earnings before income tax expense 20,771  21,189 
Income tax expense 6,759  7,213 
Net earnings$14,012 $13,976 
   
Diluted net earnings per common share$0.44 $0.44 
   
Adjusted EBITDA$36,604 $35,669 
Adjusted net earnings$19,464 $19,406 
Adjusted net earnings per common share$0.61 $

0.61

 
Shares used in the calculations of diluted and  adjusted net earnings per common share 31,979  31,718 


For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
   
  2016  2015 
 Unaudited
Net sales$412,444 $419,763 
Gross margin 133,929  128,171 
Operating expenses 67,682  56,437 
Earnings from operations 66,247  71,734 
Other expense 6,112  5,294 
Earnings before income tax expense 60,135  66,440 
Income tax expense 20,087  22,377 
Net earnings$40,048 $44,063 
   
Diluted net earnings per common share$1.26 $1.40 
   
Adjusted EBITDA$111,579 $106,748 
Adjusted net earnings$58,981 $58,500 
Adjusted net earnings per common share$1.85 $1.85 
   
Shares used in the calculation of diluted and adjusted net earnings per common share 31,887  31,580 

(a)See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” for a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.

(b)Beginning in fiscal year 2016, the Company has renamed its SensoryEffects segment Human Nutrition & Health, as this segment now includes encapsulates, choline, mineral amino acid chelates, specialized mineral salts, mineral complexes, and customized food and beverage solutions (the aforementioned three mineral product lines are contributions from the Albion International, Inc. acquisition). The Company believes that this segment name change provides more clarity as to the segment’s core businesses and strategies.

(c)Beginning in fiscal year 2016, the Specialty Products segment now also includes chelated minerals for the micronutrient agricultural market (this plant nutrition product line is a contribution from the Albion International, Inc. acquisition).

Segment Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2016:

The Human Nutrition & Health(b) (HNH) segment generated record quarterly sales of $74.9 million, an increase of $1.9 million or 2.7% compared to the prior year quarter. Net sales increased due to the acquisition of the Albion business, partially offset by lower sales volumes, particularly in our Powder Systems business, and an unfavorable mix. Sequentially from the second quarter 2016, without the impact of Albion, volumes in HNH increased 1.8%, driven primarily by a sequential improvement in Powder Systems. Third quarter earnings from operations for this segment were $10.5 million, versus $11.6 million in the prior year comparable quarter, a decrease of $1.1 million or 9.9%. Excluding the effect of non-cash expense associated with amortization of acquired intangible assets of $6.0 million, adjusted earnings from operations(a) for this segment were $16.5 million compared to $17.2 million in the prior year quarter, a decrease of $0.8 million or 4.4%. Earnings from operations for the quarter were negatively impacted primarily by the aforementioned lower sales related to Powder Systems.

The Animal Nutrition & Health (ANH) segment sales of $40.9 million increased 2.5% or $1.0 million on a 6.6% increase in volumes compared to the prior year quarter. The increased sales were primarily due to increased volumes related to both ruminant species and monogastric species products. This was partially offset by lower average selling prices related to certain lower raw material costs and mix. Earnings from operations for the ANH segment increased 20.6% to $6.8 million as compared to $5.6 million in the prior year comparable quarter, an impact of the aforementioned higher sales and cost decreases of key raw materials.

The Specialty Products(c) segment generated quarterly sales of $16.5 million, a $2.7 million or 19.2% increase from the comparable prior year quarter, due to the Albion plant nutrition contribution. Quarterly earnings from operations for this segment were $5.2 million, versus $6.0 million in the prior year comparable quarter, a decrease of $0.8 million or 13.2%. Excluding the effect of non-cash expense associated with amortization of acquired intangible assets of $0.8 million and inventory valuation adjustments of $0.3 million relating to acquisition accounting, adjusted earnings from operations for this segment were $6.3 million compared to $6.2 million in the prior year quarter, an increase of $0.1 million or 2.4%.

The Industrial Products segment sales declined $7.2 million or 53.9% from the prior year comparable quarter, primarily due to significantly reduced volumes sold of choline and choline derivatives for oil and natural gas fracking in North America. Earnings from operations for the Industrial Products segment were $0.5 million, a reduction of $0.6 million compared with the prior year comparable quarter which was primarily a reflection of the aforementioned reduced volume and lower average selling prices. Earnings from operations for the Industrial Products segment increased on a sequential basis from the second quarter 2016 by $0.3 million.

Consolidated gross margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 increased 3.4% to $44.7 million, as compared to $43.2 million for the prior year comparable period. Gross margin as a percentage of sales increased to 32.2% as compared to 30.8% in the prior year comparative period. Adjusted gross margin(a) for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 increased 5.2% to $45.6 million, as compared to $43.4 million for the prior year comparable period. For the three months ended September 30, 2016, adjusted gross margin as a percentage of sales was 32.9% compared to 30.9% in the prior year comparative period. The improvement was primarily due to a favorable product mix and lower raw material costs. Operating (Selling, Research & Development, General & Administrative) expenses of $21.7 million for the third quarter were higher than the prior year comparable quarter principally due to the inclusion of Albion operating expenses and amortization expense related to the aforementioned acquisition, partially offset by a prior year one-time equity compensation charge of $1.5 million. Excluding transaction and integration costs of $0.1 million and non-cash operating expense associated with amortization of intangible assets of $6.9 million, operating expenses were $14.8 million, or 10.7% of sales.

Interest expense was $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2016, all of which related to the debt financing of the SensoryEffects and Albion acquisitions. Our effective tax rates for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 were 32.5% and 34.0%, respectively. The decrease in the effective tax rate is primarily attributable to certain tax credits and deductions.

The Company continues to build on its solid financial structure. Third quarter free cash flow was $19.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, and diligent working capital controls continue to contribute strongly to the business performance. The $99.0 million of net working capital on September 30, 2016 included a cash balance of $32.5 million, which reflects scheduled and accelerated principal payments on long-term debt and the revolving loan of $25.8 million and capital expenditures of $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2016. The Company continues to invest in projects across all facilities to improve capabilities and operating efficiencies. 

Ted Harris said, “Strong margins, the accretive benefits of the Albion acquisition, and record third quarter free cash flow, while facing a challenging business climate, prove the value of our business model.”
    
Mr. Harris went on to add, “We are pleased with the recently announced strategic alliance with Perdue AgriBusiness, as the combined expertise of both companies is leveraged to advance the science of precision feeding principles while bringing to market new products for dairy cattle. This alliance, along with our previously announced collaboration with BASF, signals our continued intention to provide science-based innovative products to the animal nutrition and health markets.”

Quarterly Conference Call
A quarterly conference call will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) to review Third Quarter 2016 results. Ted Harris, President & Chief Executive Officer, and Bill Backus, Chief Financial Officer, will host the call. We invite you to listen to the conference by calling toll-free 1-877-407-8289 (local dial-in 1-201-689-8341), five minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the conference call. The conference call will be available for replay two hours after the conclusion of the call through end of day Friday, November 18, 2016. To access the replay of the conference call, dial 1-877-660-6853 (local dial-in 1-201-612-7415), and use conference ID #13649128.

Segment Information
Balchem Corporation reports four business segments: Human Nutrition & Health (formerly SensoryEffects); Animal Nutrition & Health; Specialty Products; and Industrial Products. The Human Nutrition & Health segment delivers customized food and beverage ingredient systems, as well as key nutrients into a variety of applications across the food, supplement and pharmaceutical industries. The Animal Nutrition & Health segment manufactures and supplies products to numerous animal health markets. Through Specialty Products, Balchem provides specialty-packaged chemicals for use in healthcare and other industries, and also provides chelated minerals to the micronutrient agricultural market. The Industrial Products segment manufactures and supplies certain derivative products into industrial applications.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, which reflect Balchem’s expectation or belief concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Balchem can give no assurance that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements will prove correct and various factors could cause results to differ materially from Balchem’s expectations, including risks and factors identified in Balchem’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015. Forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by the above cautionary statement. Balchem assumes no duty to update its outlook or other forward-looking statements as of any future date


Selected Financial Data
($ in 000’s)                 

Business Segment Net Sales:

 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
  2016 2015 20162015
Human Nutrition & Health$74,926$72,978$221,281$207,965
Animal Nutrition & Health 40,935 39,947 118,579 124,295
Specialty Products 16,477 13,818 53,919 41,202
Industrial Products 6,171 13,385 18,665 46,301
Total$138,509$140,128$412,444$419,763
 

Business Segment Earnings Before Income Taxes:

 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,September 30,
   2016   2015   2016   2015 
Human Nutrition & Health$ 10,460 $ 11,604 $ 27,856 $ 28,397 
Animal Nutrition & Health  6,784   5,625   20,623   21,603 
Specialty Products  5,237   6,031   17,541   17,825 
Industrial Products  527   1,124   1,019   5,371 
Transaction costs, integration costs and legal settlement  (62)   -   (792)   - 
Unallocated equity compensation  -   (1,462)  -   (1,462)
Interest and other expense  (2,175)  (1,733)  (6,112)  (5,294)
Total$ 20,771 $ 21,189 $ 60,135 $ 66,440 

           

Selected Balance Sheet ItemsSeptember 30, December 31,
 2016 2015
Cash and Cash Equivalents$32,533 $84,795
Accounts Receivable, net 68,841  60,485
Inventories 56,675  46,085
Other Current Assets 14,736  6,927
Total Current Assets 172,785  198,292
      
Property, Plant & Equipment, net 166,680  158,515
Goodwill 444,083  383,906
Intangible Assets With Finite Lives, net 154,842  134,911
Other Assets 8,442  4,062
Total Assets$946,832 $879,686
      
Current Liabilities$38,794 $46,120
Current Portion of Long Term-Debt 35,000  35,000
Long-Term Debt 235,112  260,963
Revolving Loan – Long-Term 28,000  -
Deferred Income Taxes 86,157  67,215
Long-Term Obligations 7,347  6,683
Total Liabilities 430,410  415,981
      
Stockholders' Equity 516,422  463,705
      
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$946,832 $879,686


Balchem Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2016    2015 
  
Cash flows from operating activities: 
Net Earnings$40,048 $44,063 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:  
Depreciation and amortization 34,383  29,816 
Stock compensation expense 5,646  5,656 
Other adjustments 1,178  277 
Changes in assets and liabilities (1,438) (962)
Net cash provided by operating activities 79,817  78,850 
   
Cash flow from investing activities:  
Cash paid in acquisition, net of cash acquired (110,601) - 
Capital expenditures and intangible assets acquired (19,566) (28,810)
Insurance proceeds 1,000  - 
Net cash used in investing activities (129,167) (28,810)
   
Cash flows from financing activities  
Proceeds from long-term and revolving debt 65,000  - 
Principal payments on long-term and revolving debt (64,134) (26,250)
Proceeds from stock options exercised 5,985  11,901 
Excess tax benefits from stock compensation 1,935  6,688 
Dividends paid (10,727) (9,251)
Other (1,478) (1,131)
Net cash used in financing activities (3,419) (18,043)
   
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 507  (728)
   
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (52,262) 31,269 
   
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 84,795  50,287 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$32,533 $81,556 
   

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to disclosing financial results in accordance with United States (U.S.) generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures that we believe are helpful in understanding and comparing our past financial performance and our future results. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the company exclude certain business combination accounting adjustments and certain other items related to acquisitions, and certain unallocated equity compensation. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information about the Company's core operating results and thus are appropriate to enhance the overall understanding of the Company's past financial performance and its prospects for the future. The non-GAAP financial measures in this press release include adjusted gross margin, adjusted earnings from operations, adjusted net earnings and the related adjusted per diluted share amounts, EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, other expense/income, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, other expense/income, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition-related expenses and legal settlements, and the fair valuation of acquired inventory.  Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

Set forth below are reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
    
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
   2016   2015   2016   2015 
         
Reconciliation of adjusted gross margin        
         
GAAP gross margin$ 44,656 $ 43,174 $ 133,929 $ 128,171 
Inventory valuation adjustment (1)  317   -  5,363   -
Amortization of intangible assets (2)  641   185   1,770   557 
Adjusted gross margin$ 45,614 $ 43,359 $ 141,062 $ 128,728 
         
Reconciliation of adjusted earnings from operations        
         
GAAP earnings from operations  22,946   22,922   66,247   71,734 
Inventory valuation adjustment (1)  317   -  5,363   -
Amortization of intangible assets (2)  7,530   6,615   22,227   19,848 
Transaction costs, integration costs and legal settlement (3)  62   -  792   -
Unallocated equity compensation (4)  -  1,462   -  1,462 
Adjusted earnings from operations  30,855   30,999   94,629   93,044 
         
Reconciliation of adjusted net earnings        
         
GAAP net earnings  14,012   13,976   40,048   44,063 
Inventory valuation adjustment (1)  317   -   5,363   - 
Amortization of intangible assets (2)  7,661   6,759   22,626   20,306 
Transaction costs, integration costs and legal settlement (3)  62   -   792   - 
Unallocated equity compensation (4)  -   1,462   -   1,462 
Income tax adjustment (5)  (2,588)  (2,791)  (9,848)  (7,331)
Adjusted net earnings$ 19,464 $ 19,406 $ 58,981 $ 58,500 
         
Adjusted net earnings per common share – diluted$ 0.61 $ 0.61 $ 1.85 $ 1.85 
         

1 Inventory valuation adjustment: Business combination accounting principles require us to measure acquired inventory at fair value. The fair value of inventory reflects the acquired company’s cost of manufacturing plus a portion of the expected profit margin. The non-GAAP adjustment to our cost of sales excludes the expected profit margin component that is recorded under business combination accounting principles. We believe the adjustment is useful to investors as an additional means to reflect cost of sales and gross margin trends of our business.

2 Amortization of intangible assets: Amortization of intangible assets consists of amortization of customer relationships, trademarks and trade names, developed technology, regulatory registration costs, patents and trade secrets, and other intangibles acquired primarily in connection with business combinations. We record expense relating to the amortization of these intangibles in our GAAP financial statements. Amortization expenses for our intangible assets are inconsistent in amount and are significantly impacted by the timing and valuation of an acquisition. Consequently, our non-GAAP adjustments exclude these expenses to facilitate an evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our past operating performance.

3 Transaction costs, integration costs and legal settlement: Transaction and integration costs related to acquisitions are expensed in our GAAP financial statements. Legal settlements related to acquisitions are included as expense offset in our GAAP financial statements. Management excludes these items for the purposes of calculating Adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures. We believe that excluding these items from our non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors because these are items associated with each transaction, and are inconsistent in amount and frequency causing comparison of current and historical financial results to be difficult.

4 Unallocated equity compensation: Unallocated equity compensation is one-time equity compensation expense related to the retirement from the Company of the former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dino A. Rossi.  As this is a one-time expense, our non-GAAP adjustments exclude this expense to facilitate an evaluation of our current operating performance and comparisons to our past operating performance.

5 Income tax adjustment: For purposes of calculating adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share, we adjust the provision for (benefit from) income taxes to tax effect the non-GAAP adjustments described above as they have a significant impact on our income tax (benefit) provision.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Net Income calculated using amounts determined in accordance with GAAP to EBITDA and to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015.

 Three Months  
Ended
 September 30,
 Nine Months
Ended
 September 30,
  2016 2015 2016 2015
Net income - as reported$14,012$13,976$40,048$44,063
Add back:        
Provision for income taxes 6,759 7,213 20,087 22,377
Other expense 2,175 1,733 6,112 5,294
Depreciation and amortization 11,583 9,777 33,985 29,358
EBITDA 34,529 32,699 100,232 101,092
Add back certain items:        
Non-cash compensation expense related to equity awards 1,696 2,970 5,192 5,656
Transaction costs, integration costs and legal settlement 62 - 792 -
Inventory fair value 317 - 5,363 -
Adjusted EBITDA$36,604$35,669$111,579$106,748
         

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015.

 Three Months
Ended
 September 30,
 Nine Months
Ended
 September 30,
   2016   2015   2016   2015 
Net cash provided by operating activities$ 23,859 $ 28,984 $ 79,817 $ 78,850 
Capital expenditures  (4,065)  (12,818)  (18,801)  (28,117)
Free cash flow$ 19,794 $ 16,166 $ 61,016 $ 50,733 

 

Contact:  Suzanne Hart, Balchem Corporation 
Telephone: 845-326-5600

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